Ukrainian Army conducts final testing of Vilkha missile

30 April 2018 (Last Updated April 30th, 2018 12:19)

The Ukrainian Army has successfully conducted the final test firing of Ukroboronprom’s Vilkha missile complex in the country’s Kherson region.

Ukrainian Army conducts final testing of Vilkha missile
Test firing of Vilkha missile complex. Credit: Ukroboronprom.

The Ukrainian Army has successfully conducted the final test firing of Ukroboronprom’s Vilkha missile complex in the country’s Kherson region.

Several Ukroboronprom enterprises and other Ukranian defence companies were engaged in the production of the missile complex.

Successful testing of Vilkha allows the high-precision weaponry to help significantly enhance the efficiency of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU).

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has given instruction to launch the mass production of the Vilkha missile this year.

“This missile is ten times more precise and, accordingly, ten times more efficient than the old multiple-launch rocket systems that have been in service since the Soviet Union times.”

Poroshenko said: “Only two years ago, the National Security and Defense Council made a decision to begin the missile programme and today, we have finished testing. The missile will be added to the armoury.

“I can tell one specific figure: this missile is ten times more precise and, accordingly, ten times more efficient than the old multiple-launch rocket systems that have been in service since the Soviet Union times.”

The president added that before 2014, the capabilities of the AFU units and missile complex were destroyed and production was eliminated.

This is the first time that production of new Ukrainian high-precision weapons has been organised in such a short term, claimed Poroshenko.

In addition, the President announced that new tasks had been set, including the development of cruise missiles.

Poroshenko stated: “We are convinced that such steps increase our efficiency significantly and our partners, including those from Nato, can firmly count on the AFU’s strength.”